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SpyBoy
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Covington, LA
Member since May 2007
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What is the better grad school option?
While I won't base my decision off of you guys, I am interested in seeing what you say.

Option 1:
Go to LSU, where I will be guaranteed money as a grad assistant pursuing a masters degree in something I am very interested. Take classes in a variety of disciplines, but the main one will likely be taught by many of the same professors I had as an undergrad. My SO lives in Baton Rouge, so that is a big point too. I would teach one (maybe two) lower level classes in my field.

Option 2:
Go to Tulane, where on paper there is a much better program specific to what I am studying. Possibly receive more money than LSU (on a waitlist for a stipend, tuition has already been granted). Be exposed to a brand new program and professors. Live an hour or so away from SO. No teaching requirement here.


The rub here is that I won't learn of the stipend to Tulane until after I can officially resign my offer from LSU, thus if I choose option 2 I have to hope I get the stipend and if I don't I must go to Tulane anyway.


What say the minds of the OT?


Nativebullet
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re: What is the better grad school option?
I am 20 years removed from college...so I speak like a wise man. This is a no-brainer... TULANE! trust me on this one.


Gaston
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re: What is the better grad school option?
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but the main one will likely be taught by many of the same professors I had as an undergrad


This is a no-no.

Get new teachers.


guttata
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re: What is the better grad school option?
Tulane, and it isn't even close.


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NaturalBeam
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re: What is the better grad school option?
Let's not forget easy access to football tickets as well...

I'd go Option 1 - I was a grad assistant for a year and the money is awesome for the amount of work you have to do, along with big tuition credits.

There's definitely something to be said for having different professors, but I would personally never live in New Orleans.


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Doosh606
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re: What is the better grad school option?
If you already have tuition to Tulane, than I would say that would be a better choice. Not only would have a better education, you would have much more time to focus on your studies without the hassle of teaching classes.


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RummelTiger
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re: What is the better grad school option?
Tulane.


What program are you getting you degree in?



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Hopeful Doc
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re: What is the better grad school option?
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Go to Tulane, where on paper there is a much better program specific to what I am studying. Possibly receive more money than LSU (on a waitlist for a stipend, tuition has already been granted). Be exposed to a brand new program and professors. Live an hour or so away from SO. No teaching requirement here.



I think Option 2 seems pretty solid, but what are your feelings on teaching undergrads? If you think you'd enjoy that sort of thing, that would (for me) tip the scale the other way.


TortiousTiger
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2007
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re: What is the better grad school option?
is your tulane money tied to keeping a class rank or gpa?

if so, I wouldnt take that chance.


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Dorothy
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re: What is the better grad school option?
The Tulane deal sounds better. Besides generally being a better school, it gives more variety on your future resume, gives you exposure to new takes on your field from different professors, and you will make more contacts which may become useful later when you're applying for jobs or a PhD program.

Your SO being in BR isn't that big of a deal IMO, as it's only an hour away.


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SpyBoy
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Covington, LA
Member since May 2007
633 posts

re: What is the better grad school option?
I'm a high school Spanish teacher right now, and I would be going into a masters of Latin American Studies at Tulane (which I have read is the 2nd ranked program of its type in the country) or I would be going into a masters of Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies at LSU.

I like teaching, but it's true that i would have a lot more time without that job. However, the class material is pretty standard and set for me already at LSU, I wouldn't have to be writing lesson plans like I do now because there is protocol (more or less) to follow.

I've also thought how living in New Orleans and having only 9-10 hours of class a week means I could still spend significant time in Baton Rouge if I wanted.


GeauxColonels
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re: What is the better grad school option?
Tulane.


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ItsThatDude12
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re: What is the better grad school option?
Go to UL


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Gaston
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re: What is the better grad school option?
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means I could still spend significant time in Baton Rouge if I wanted


WhyTF would you want to do that?


SpyBoy
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re: What is the better grad school option?
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My SO lives in Baton Rouge


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Hopeful Doc
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re: What is the better grad school option?
From reading this (and talking to you last weekend ), it sounds like Tulane is a better fit- the program is more along the lines of your interests, and even if the stipend falls through, you have free school and plenty of free time to make a little bit of cash on the side.

It really doesn't sound like you can make a bad decision at this point.


XQ11
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re: What is the better grad school option?
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My SO lives in Baton Rouge


I've been at LSU for 3 years while my SO is in New Orleans. Trust me, it sucks.


Bronwyn
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re: What is the better grad school option?
Tulane. This isn't a decision you'll regret


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SpyBoy
LSU Fan
Covington, LA
Member since May 2007
633 posts

re: What is the better grad school option?
Haha nice dude.



Yea it's true that this is one of the better problems I've ever faced.


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ehidal1
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re: What is the better grad school option?
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What say the minds of the OT?

Most people will tell you that grad school at the same school as your undergrad degree will not do you much good. Go to Tulane.


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